15 Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Black History Month Edition

Are you looking for the perfect gift ideas for a bookworm? Even if you don’t know much about book genres and authors, don’t let that stop you from gifting a book. Searching for a book that a reader would love is intimidating. We all interpret and relate to books differently. This blog will guide you to finding a perfect book to give as a gift to someone you desire. This guide will feature all black authors in light of celebrating Black History Month.

He Saw That Is Was Good – Sho Baraka

In He Saw That It Was Good, activist and recording artist Sho Baraka wrestles deeply and honestly with cultural thinking and political injustice questions. Baraka shows a hard-earned path to creative change. With Baraka, you will engage with art, justice, and history. Learn from the powerful principles of historic movements. Explore why it’s important to cultivate your creative calling. Discover a fresh look at how the gospel can transform how you see God, your neighbor, your work, and your world.

The Kindest Lie: A Novel – Nancy Johnson

Powerful and unforgettable, The Kindest Lie is the story of an American family. This novel reveals the secrets we keep and promises we tend to make to protect one another.

Single Black Female – Tracy Brown

Single Black Female highlights the nuances of Black love, and the tested bonds of Black families. In addition to what it means to face the world as a Black man. As well as the joy and pain of being a Black woman.

God Is A Black Woman – Christena Cleveland PhD

In this much-needed book, theologian, social psychologist, and activist Christena Cleveland recounts her personal journey to dismantle the cultural “whitemalegod”. Cleveland uncovers the Sacred Black Feminine, introducing a Black Female God who imbues us with hope, healing, and liberating presence.

Black Cake – Charmaine Wilkerson

Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story of how inheritance of betrayals, secrets, and memories can shape relationships and history.

Becoming – Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful and inspiring memoir of the first lady of the United States. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. She was the first African American to serve in the role of first lady of the United States of America. She helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world.

Will – Will Smith

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life. This book traces Will Smith’s learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film.

In Every Mirror She’s Black – Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström 

This novel intricately weaves the stories of three strong women who all have ties to an influential Swedish man. Each woman is beautifully flawed and struggles to define herself in Swedish society while still maintaining a sense of self identity.

The Sun Does Shine – Anthony Ray Hinton

A powerful revealing story of hope, love, and justice. This book explains the life of a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.

A Promised Land – Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making. From the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall

Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement. Arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but few women. Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a moment in flux.

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understand our nation’s history and current crisis. This profound work pivots from the biggest questions about American history. In addition, to the ideals and the most intimate concerns of a father and his son.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick – Zora Neale

In 1925, Barnard student, Zora Neale—the sole black student at the college—was living in New York, “desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world”. During that period, She began writing short stories that captured the zeitgeist of African American life. This transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, Neale’s talent is recognized as one of the most influential American artist of the modern period.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

16-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds are shattered when Starr witnesses a fatal shooting. Her childhood best friend Khalil is killed at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in the early twentieth-century rural Georgia. This novel broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse. The book narrates the lives of women through their pain, struggle, compassion, resilience, bravery and growth. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s novel carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.

I hope you feel excited and encouraged to read a book/novel written by a Black author. Reading is a great opportunity to learn more about Black culture. Each one of these books are specifically written in its own unique way. I hope you find interest in a book for yourself or for a loved one’s special occasion.

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Atiya Cheung